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Veranstaltungen von Prof. Dr. Emer O'Sullivan


Lehrveranstaltungen

Literary Topics and Texts (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Emer O'Sullivan

Termin:
wöchentlich | Mittwoch | 08:15 - 11:45 | 17.10.2022 - 03.02.2023 | C 40.147

Inhalt: This seminar is tailored to the needs of future teachers at Berufsbildende Schulen by focussing on canonical and other narrative, dramatic and multimodal texts from the school curricula. It provides a firm grounding in theoretical and analytical approaches, addressing literary, cultural and social aspects of the texts in question. We will decide in the seminar from a range of narrative, dramatic and multimodal texts which specific ones we will focus on.

Sherlock Holmes. From Victorian Detective to Pop Cultural Icon (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Emer O'Sullivan

Termin:
wöchentlich | Dienstag | 08:15 - 09:45 | 17.10.2022 - 03.02.2023 | C 5.311

Inhalt: Sherlock Holmes is doubtlessly the most famous and popular detective literature has ever produced. First appearing in the story A Study in Scarlet, in 1887 and subsequently featuring in four novels and 56 short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, he has since been adapted into every possible medium, as well as being the subject of countless prequels and sequels. In this seminar we will engage with the Victorian Sherlock Homes and the beginnings of the detective genre, looking at the images of modernity and modern science the stories present as well as the role of gender and race in them. We will look at a selection from the vast number of adaptations– including the film about the aged detective, Mr. Holmes (2015) and, of course, the BBC series „Sherlock“ (with Benedict Cumberbatch) which not only refers to the canon but takes different elements from it, transports them into our digital age and gives them a new, postmodern, twist. In the seminar we will engage with theories of adaptation and intertextuality and will ultimately try to identify the reasons for the perennial popularity of this iconic figure.

The evil child in literature and film (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Emer O'Sullivan

Termin:
wöchentlich | Dienstag | 16:15 - 17:45 | 17.10.2022 - 03.02.2023 | C 3.121

Inhalt: It is a given fact that adults can be evil, but since the Romantic era, the predominant image of childhood is one of innocence. Evil children in literature and film are therefore more frightening than evil adults and are often potent signs of something wrong either with society or with the individual. Evil children come in various forms and authors offer different explanations for their evilness from metaphysical to social – they are demon children (Damien in The Omen, Stephen King’s Carrie etc), throwbacks to an earlier form (Lessing: The Fifth Child), aliens (Wyndam: The Midwich Cuckoos) possibly damaged by bad parenting (Shriver/Ramsay: We need to talk about Kevin), or an unreliable narrator leaves us wondering whether the children were actually evil or not (James: Turn of the Screw). Whatever the purported explanation, evil children reflect much about current ideas of childhood, parenting and adult-child relationships. In this seminar we will engage theoretically with images of childhood, especially of evil childhood, from a historical perspective, and move on to examine very different manifestations of evil children in film and literature. Some of the texts we will examine are named above, others could be Golding: Lord of the Flies, Hellman: The Children’s Hour, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, Kate Thompson Creature of the Night, or any other novels/stories/filme/series which students might like to propose.

Promotionskolloquium Englische Literaturwissenschaft (Kolloquium)

Dozent/in: Emer O'Sullivan

Termin:
Einzeltermin | Sa, 19.11.2022, 10:00 - Sa, 19.11.2022, 18:00 | C 5.124

Inhalt: A one day colloquium for doctoral and post-doctoral candidates writing their theses in the area of English or Comparative Literature to discuss research design and methodology questions, engage in theoretical debates, and present and critique their projects. The colloquium also offers a forum to discuss conference presentations and articles before submission.